Graphic novels | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has written to the Enfield, Connecticut, school district to ask that Matthew Loux’s SideScrollers be reinstated to its summer reading list and to point out that the district did not follow its own procedures when it removed the book last month after the mother of a ninth-grader complained about the graphic novel’s profanity and sexual references. [CBLDF]
Digital comics | Digital distributor iVerse has unveiled a new deal to sell foreign-language translations of Marvel and Archie comics worldwide. iVerse will have exclusive global rights to Marvel’s foreign-language comics, both floppies and trades, while for Archie they will create apps in different languages for different countries, starting with Japan, China, and India. iVerse CEO Michael Murphy says that 50 percent to 65 percent of the company’s digital sales are to international customers (including Canada). Nonetheless, the comics will be “platform-independent”: iVerse will provide translation (through a combination of machine translation and human editors) and distribution, so the comics will be available through their Comics + app but also through other channels, such as Amazon or iBooks. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | A “big name publishing house” told Julia Wertz to leave her struggle with lupus out of her newest graphic novel The Infinite Wait, which features three autobiographical stories; instead, she moved to Koyama Press, which will publish the book this month. “I’m glad I didn’t listen to them,” she said. “But I was also being childish, thinking, you can’t tell me what to do! You’re not my dad!” [The Brooklyn Paper]
Creators | Kate Beaton chats about the “corporate fanciness” of the term “graphic novel, the benefits of living in New York City, and the perception that her work is rushed: “Well, critics say it’s ‘deceptively simple,’ which I’m OK with. I have a knack for gesture and expression and if I labor a drawing, it doesn’t have the same impact. It won’t look like it has life. I like seeing how a drawing moves on the page. If people think my work is rushed, then they have no idea how much time I spend thinking about it before I start drawing.” [Toro Magazine]
Creators | Cliff Chiang talks briefly about this week’s Wonder Woman #0, and reimagining the character with Brian Azzarello as part of DC Comics’ New 52: “Our job for ‘The New 52’ was explicitly to reinterpret the classic Wonder Woman story in a way that would be accessible for new readers and exciting for long-time fans. We’ve made some people angry, but we’ve also gained a different audience that had never picked up a Wonder Woman comic before, and I think that speaks to the strength of what we’re doing.” [Brooklyn Daily]
Creators | Marjorie Liu talks about writing novels versus writing comics, and the importance of the X-Men: “I think it’s good as creators and as people who are immersed in the X-universe to remind ourselves occasionally, that the X-Men [may be] heroic in the epic sense, we-saved-the-world blah blah blah. But they are also heroic on a deeper, more profound sense, in that they are examples of heroes who are themselves and who embrace themselves and who embrace each other for who they are.” [Incoherentboy]
Creators | Sam Humphries guests on the comiXologist podcast, talking about Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15 and President Captain America. [comiXology Blog]
Creators | Josh Neufeld will be speaking at The College of Brockport, where his AD: New Orleans After the Deluge was the summer reading selection for the incoming class. In an interview, Neufeld reflects on the origins of the book and the nature of volunteering: “When your government fails, you rise up together as people to do what you can.”
Creators | Neal Adams discusses Batman: Odyssey, Blood, and The First X-Men in three short videos shot at Baltimore Comic-Con. [Previews World]
Creators | Blake Wheeler and Jason Pell give an insider’s account of why and how they set up a Kickstarter campaign to publish their graphic novel Season’s End. With four days left, they’re $9,488 toward their $11,600 goal. [The Charleston Gazette]
Conventions | Latvian artists Sanita and David file their photo report from the Helsinki Comics Festival. [Kus Comics]
Advice | Jim Zubkavich continues his series on how to pitch a comic to a publisher. [Zub Tales]
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